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A Devotional Alphabet

A Devotional Alphabet

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A Devotional Alphabet

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Dec 2, 2019
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9781732224292
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Beschreibung

Amy Schisler is an award-winning novelist and a weekly blogger. Her blog posts center around her faith journey and the lessons she has learned along the way. These sixty-second meditations are taken from her posts between 2014 and 2019. They are meant to inspire, encourage, and welcome all women traveling on the road to Heaven.

Amy writes inspirational women's fiction for people of all ages. She has published two children's books and numerous novels, including the award-winning Picture Me, Whispering Vines, and the Chincoteague Island Trilogy. A former librarian, Amy enjoys a busy life on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Amy has been the recipient of numerous national literary awards, including the Illumination Award, LYRA award, Independent Publisher Book Award, International Digital Award, and  The Golden Quill Award, as well as honors from the Catholic Press Association, the Eric Hoffer Book Award, and the American Book Fest Award. Amy's writing has been hailed "a verbal masterpiece of art" (author Alexa Jacobs) and "Everything you want in a book" (Amazon reviewer). Amy's books are available internationally, wherever books are sold, in print and eBook formats. Her blog may be found on her website.

Herausgeber:
Freigegeben:
Dec 2, 2019
ISBN:
9781732224292
Format:
Buch

Über den Autor

Amy Schisler writes inspirational women’s fiction for people of all ages. She has published two children’s books and numerous novels, including the award-winning Picture Me, Whispering Vines, and the Chincoteague Island Trilogy. A former librarian, Amy enjoys a busy life on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The recipient of numerous national literary awards, including the Illumination Award, LYRA award, Independent Publisher Book Award, and International Digital Award, as well as honors from the Catholic Press Association, the Golden Quill, and the Eric Hoffer Book Award, Amy’s writing has been hailed “a verbal masterpiece of art” (author Alexa Jacobs) and “Everything you want in a book” (Amazon reviewer). Amy’s books are available internationally, wherever books are sold, in print and eBook formats. http://amyschislerauthor.com http://facebook.com/amyschislerauthor https://www.goodreads.com/amyschisler https://www.bookbub.com/authors/amy-schisler Twitter @AmySchislerAuth


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A Devotional Alphabet - Amy Schisler

Dear Readers,

The devotions contained in this book were previously printed as blog posts (citations are at the bottom of each page). As I travel on my spiritual journey, I am growing in my love for God and my desire to share Him with others. These devotionals are meant to bring you closer to God and help you travel on your own journey from this life to the next.

Since my blog is based on my own life, my family is often a central component. My husband, Ken, is my rock, and my writings reflect that. He is mentioned often as are my children. Rebecca, our oldest, is finishing law school as of this writing and will be married next fall. Our daughter, Katie, is in college, and our youngest, Morgan, just started college. They are my inspirations. I also write a lot about my parents and my father-in law who completed his journey in 2018. My friends, near and far, are also staples, especially George, and the rest of my Holy Land Pilgrim Families.

A close up of a mans face Description automatically generated We are all on a journey. Some will travel longer and farther than others. Some know their desired destination, and others are new to the promise of Heaven. I hope these humble writings help light the way for you.

Appreciate The Gifts From God

The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank God for what He is sending us every day in His goodness.

- St. Gianna Molla

Today, one can watch an Olympic hockey team go from being the underdogs to Gold Medalists and declare it a miracle yet be unable to recognize that real, faith-infused miracles actually exist. The cry of a newborn baby, the survivor of an accident in which nobody should have been spared, the chance meeting of two people destined to be together—these are not simply random happenings, cosmic chaos, or unexplained phenomena made right.

What is so wrong with believing, not only that all things are possible with God, but that all things are possible because of Him?

As for me, I subscribe to the belief that every day lived is a miracle and that true miracles exist all around us. Why would anyone want it any other way?

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Do You Believe in Miracles? April 26, 2017

Much debate has taken place about Jesus’s admonition to let the dead bury the dead. Some say Jesus was referring to the spiritually dead. Others say that Jesus was telling us to not look for excuses to avoid following Him. In thinking about those I’ve lost over the years, I wonder if there is a deeper, hidden meaning.

How often do you attend a funeral at which it seems the entire world comes to say goodbye? How many people reach out, after someone is gone, to say they hadn’t seen the person in years and regretted not getting in touch. How many times have you lost someone and cried that you let so many other things come before spending time with that person?

Perhaps Jesus was reminding us that, while taking care of the dead is a good thing, it’s too little too late. Maybe we should have been paying attention to that person, to their needs (spiritual and physical), to their joys and sadness, long before they were gone.

Who do you need to reach out to today?

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Let the Dead Bury The Dead, July 4, 2018

I wonder if the rich man in Jesus’ Parable had more than just possessions. Did he have a family? Did he have friends? Was he in good health? If he were alive today, would he awaken and be grateful for all that he has? Would he look at the riches and blessings that he has and know in his heart that he doesn’t need more? Would he recognize that all he needs to make him happy is love? The love of God, the love of others, and love for himself as he is, without possessions, without riches, without STUFF.

We live in a world where the grass is always greener on the other side. We always want what someone else has, and sometimes we want the impossible. We ask for more and more; we work longer and harder so we can buy more. We do this even though our closets are bursting, our drawers won’t close, and our cups runneth over. And how happy are we? Even with a family, a home, electricity, hot food, cars, and coffee, are we still looking for more? When will we be satisfied? When will we realize that we have enough? When will we realize that love is all we need? That it is love that makes us wealthy, not things.

The Greatest Christmas Gift You Can Give

November 28, 2018

When we gather around Mom’s dining room table at Thanksgiving, we all take turns thanking God for what we are most grateful.  That includes the presence of every person at our table and those no longer with us.  Then we will feast on turkey and stuffing, sweet and mashed potatoes, Grandma’s famous rolls, a plethora of vegetables, and (my own favorite) my father’s incomparable fried oysters, fresh from the Bay.  One of our traditional favorites at every holiday meal is my Godmother’s baked pineapple, a delicious mixture of pineapple and other ingredients that melts in your mouth

At some point over the holiday, we will take part in a rousing run of Dominoes, from the double fifteen down to blanks and a hilarious game of charades. There will be a lot of eating, a lot of driving, and a lot of family togetherness, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  It’s these times for which I am most grateful.

What is your favorite holiday and for what are you grateful?

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Giving Thanks, November 26, 2014

One Father’s Day, I surprised Dad with fly-fishing lessons.  Dad was so surprised, and we had a great time learning together.

Each morning and evening for the next week, Dad and I stood in silence, casting our lines. What a peaceful and beautiful experience it was. We enjoyed the tranquility as we cast our lines and hoped for a bite. We never did have the trout dinner of which we all dreamed. 

We did, however, witness a stunning bobcat as it came out of the woods and slinked down to the river for a cool drink. After a few minutes, it looked up at us with its lazy gaze, then bent back down for another sip before padding off into the trees. Dad and I looked at each other and smiled. 

There are few times in life when we have the opportunity to just be with someone we love, not talking or watching a movie or being part of the crowd, but just being together, enjoying the moment and each other’s company. I’ve never had a similar experience with anyone else, and I think it’s the closest thing to Heaven that I’ve ever felt.

How often do you let yourself just be?

Casting for Memories, August 26, 2015

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a great many things—librarian, teacher, writer, artist (I don’t know what I was thinking—ZERO talent there), and even a nun. In high school, I was focused on law, though Mrs. Wilson always told me that I should be a writer. In college, I went from lawyer to speech writer to history teacher, and then, finally, back to librarian. I always knew I wanted to be a wife and mother. Never did I think about how much money I would make, how big my house would be, or how much wealth I would have. My end goal was always to be happy. So, it’s kind of funny now that I look around and see how rich I’ve become.

God blessed me with wealth beyond my wildest imagination. I may never have diamonds on every finger or a waterfront estate or enough money to feed all the poor in the world. But what I do have is treasure far greater than any ever sought by kings. I thank God for my riches every day.

Do you recognize your wealth and thank God for it?

I Never Imagined I Would Be This Rich

August 23, 2017

Sometimes, I can’t help but wonder... as my girls were growing up, as they were experiencing all of the wonderful things we did, visiting foreign places, and learning how to navigate the world, did I remember to teach them the importance of wisdom? What do I mean by that? Intelligence is a function of the brain. Worldliness is a function of experience. Doing well in school comes as a result of hard work and studying. Not a single one of those has anything to do with wisdom. Wisdom is a gift of the spirit and comes entirely from God.

In a reading from the book of Sirach, we hear the importance of wisdom. It is elusive but can be found and should be sought by everyone. Those who know wisdom (personified as a woman in the text) love life, inherit glory (heavenly, not earthly), receive blessings, overcome fear and dread, treasure knowledge, and understand justice. Wisdom comes through hard work, perseverance, and trust in God. You can’t learn it from experience or by reading a book. It only comes from spending time with God. It is a gift we should all seek.

Are you seeking wisdom in your life?

How Many Licks Must We Take? February 27, 2019

Believe in Daily Miracles

We must not become so preoccupied looking for ‘major’ miracles that we miss all the daily ones. - Mark Hart

I love creating our annual photo album and looking back over the year, thinking about all that we did and saw.  There were many life-changing events, but the things that make me smile the most are the things, large and small, that bring to mind the phrase, ‘wonder and awe.’  

I still remember being in 8th grade, preparing for Confirmation, and learning about the Gift of the Spirits.  Sr. Janet told us that the most important gift was wonder and awe, which she described as always seeing life

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    I ordered this book, because my friend, author Amy Schisler wrote it and allowed me to read along as she was writing it. And, though this book is far outside my normal murder and mayhem genre...all I can say is that it is fabulous!

    When Isa, the woman whom Alex has been taking care of, passes away, Alex is heartbroken. She is even more surprised when, Isa's attorney asks to speak with her over lunch after the funeral. It seems that Alex's beloved friend, Isa has left Alex her home in Baltimore, and also her half of a vineyard in Italy...

    Having been estranged from her mother since the passing of her father and brother, Alex flies to Italy. It is at the vineyard that Alex meets her business partner Nicholas, who is none to happy to meet her...or have her as a business partner. In an attempt to avoid Nicholas, Alex begins to look around the property and discovers an old journal that once belonged to Isa in the barn...but of course, it is written in Italian...

    Alex asks Nicholas if he'd be willing to translate the journal...and a friendship begins to blossom...but will Nicholas's fiance' Eva allow the partnership and friendship to continue?